GI Tract
  • Could the Microbiota Link Metabolic Syndrome With Inflammation?

Could the Microbiota Link Metabolic Syndrome With Inflammation?

Bacterial encroachment—shrinking of the bug-free zone adjacent to the colonic epithelium—is a feature of metabolic syndrome, researchers report in the September issue of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings could explain the relationship between diabetes and inflammation. Mucoid structures that coat the epithelium keep the intestinal microbiota at

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  • Does Consumption of Certain Fatty Acids Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis Flares?

Does Consumption of Certain Fatty Acids Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis Flares?

Diets with high levels of fatty acids such as myristic acid (found in palm oil, coconut oil, and dairy fats) increased risk of flare in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), researchers report in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Their findings, from a prospective study of more than 400 patients

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  • Does Asthma Increase Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?

Does Asthma Increase Risk for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?

A population-based case–control study published in the September issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology associates asthma with later development of Crohn’s disease (CD) and with ulcerative colitis (UC). Although the etiology of asthma and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are not well understood, they both involve complex interactions among genetic and environmental factors and the

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  • Is Endoscopic Balloon Dilation Better Than Surgery for Patients With Crohn’s Disease-related Strictures?

Is Endoscopic Balloon Dilation Better Than Surgery for Patients With Crohn’s Disease-related Strictures?

In patients with Crohn’s disease (CD), surgical treatment of ileocolonic anastomosis strictures reduces risk of further surgery compared with endoscopic balloon dilation (EBD), researchers report in the August issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. However, endoscopic balloon dilation (EBD) delays time until need for a second surgery; EBD should be therefore attempted first

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  • Can THC Relieve Chronic Abdominal Pain?

Can THC Relieve Chronic Abdominal Pain?

In a phase 2 study, researchers found no difference between a delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) tablet and a placebo tablet in reducing pain measures in patients with chronic abdominal pain from pancreatitis or surgery. Authors Marjan de Vries and Harry van Goor explain their findings in their video abstract: The study was

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  • What are the Complications of Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy?

What are the Complications of Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy?

A review article from Michael F. Vaezi et al discusses potential adverse consequences of proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy in the July issue of Gastroenterology. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most commonly prescribed medicines for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcer disease. Multiple randomized controlled trials of PPIs have shown efficacy

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  • What Comes First — the Psychological Disorder or the Gastrointestinal Disorder?

What Comes First — the Psychological Disorder or the Gastrointestinal Disorder?

More patients receive a diagnosis of a mood or anxiety disorder before diagnosis of a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID), researchers report in the July issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The findings indicate opportunities for prevention and support the role of adverse socioeconomic factors in development of FGIDs in patients

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  • The Case of the Missing Acupuncture Needle – Solved by 3-D CT

The Case of the Missing Acupuncture Needle – Solved by 3-D CT

Researchers describe the loss and internal migration of an acupuncture needle, and its recovery using 3-dimensional reconstruction computed tomography (CT), in the July issue of Gastroenterology. An-qi He et al, report the case of a 62-year-old woman in China who presented with abdominal pain in the left lower quadrant. Her “needle-like abdominal

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  • Do More People Have Celiac Disease in the North vs the South?

Do More People Have Celiac Disease in the North vs the South?

A higher proportion of persons living at latitudes of 35° North or greater have celiac disease or avoid gluten than persons living south of this latitude, researchers report in the June issue of Gastroenterology. This difference was independent of race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or body mass index. Several autoimmune

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Gastrointestinal Bleeding Caused by Gastric Tuberculosis

Researchers describe a case of gastric tuberculosis that led to GI bleeding in the June issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Vishal Sharma et al report that a 30-year-old man who was a resident of North India presented to emergency services with 2 episodes of painless hematemesis. He did not have a history of

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